Sep 4, 2016
1
0
Status
Pre-Medical
Ok, so I'm considering doing a one-year post baccalaureate program or a special masters program to boost my credentials for med school. I hold a foreign bachelor's degree and upon contacting several med schools I was informed that they do accept applicants such as me but require that I undertake a year of study to boost my credentials.

I'm torn between taking a post baccalaureate or a special masters program. On one hand, I've heard post bacc helps me complete my pre reqs for med school really fast while an smp shows you can handle med school classes. Since my bachelor's is from outside the US, I'm not sure I satisfy the pre reqs so would a post bacc be a better choice for me? If so, would you recommend the post bacc at Upenn?
 

FCMike11

7+ Year Member
Aug 24, 2011
1,124
730
Texas
Status
Medical Student
Ok, so I'm considering doing a one-year post baccalaureate program or a special masters program to boost my credentials for med school. I hold a foreign bachelor's degree and upon contacting several med schools I was informed that they do accept applicants such as me but require that I undertake a year of study to boost my credentials.

I'm torn between taking a post baccalaureate or a special masters program. On one hand, I've heard post bacc helps me complete my pre reqs for med school really fast while an smp shows you can handle med school classes. Since my bachelor's is from outside the US, I'm not sure I satisfy the pre reqs so would a post bacc be a better choice for me? If so, would you recommend the post bacc at Upenn?
You can't get into most SMPs without your pre-med classes and MCAT (have you taken the MCAT).

Sent from my Nexus 6P using SDN mobile
 
Last edited:

gonnif

Only 389 Days Until Next Presidential Election
Lifetime Donor
10+ Year Member
Jul 26, 2009
20,486
31,198
The Big Bad Apple
Status
Non-Student
To clarify this, many medical school that accept international degree holders require at least a year of undergraduate work at US college; an SMP will not fulfill this requirement.